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– Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 10, in recognition of Columbus Day.  Health Department clinics, libraries and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. Parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual.

Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule.  The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open.  Residents can log onto for more information about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours.  Residents may also call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Commemorates Women’s Equality Day 2016

The Baltimore County Commission for Woman is hosting an issues forum and a commemoration ceremony to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. The event, co-hosted by the Maryland Commission for Women will take place the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m.

The forum, “Voices of Maryland Women,” recognizes Women’s Equality Day, which is August 26, and will offer participants a chance to discuss issues and challenges that women still face and to explore ways to improve the lives of women. The Commission for Women plans to develop a report based on the forum with recommendations for improvements to local and state programs, legislation and policies. The report will be presented to the Baltimore County Executive and County Council, the Governor and members of the state legislature.

The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required at

For more information people may call 410-887-2659, e-mail or visit the Commission’s website at

Libraries and other locations offer relief from the heat

If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.

During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.

Baltimore County senior centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 senior centers or call the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County phone line at 410-887-2594.

 There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:

  • Community Centers
  • Churches
  • Malls
  • Movie Theaters
  • Museums
  • Neighbor's home with air conditioning
  • Restaurants

“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”

 To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
  • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.


Revised September 26, 2016